Sometimes it’s unclear whether hiring a personal injury attorney is the right decision to make. It’s not always an obvious move and can get a bit overwhelming.
At Hull & Zimmerman we appreciate the gravity of this decision, so we thought we’d take a few minutes to give you some questions you should ask yourself prior to making such an important decision.
If you’re considering hiring a personal injury attorney in Denver, Northglenn, or anywhere in Colorado or you are wondering if a personal injury lawyer could help you, ask yourself the following questions, and your answers will tell you what to do:
What’s the severity of my injury?
Minor injuries that don’t last over a day or two, probably don’t require the use of a personal injury attorney and you can most likely file any claims on your own. If you’re not comfortable with that, you can always seek the guidance of a lawyer, but fill out and file paperwork on your own after you’re confident with how to go about it.
However, if you have a more serious injury that necessitates doctors, hospitals, rehabilitation, loss of work, surgeries, etc., you will want to contact a personal injury attorney right away.
If your claim involves medical expenses that have the potential to be ongoing, then you’ll want an attorney that knows how to go about getting you the compensation you deserve.
Was the injury my fault?
If you’ve been injured and you’re at fault, an attorney most likely isn’t your answer. But if you’ve been significantly injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else, hiring a personal injury lawyer should be your next move.
Getting legal representation could make an incredible difference in getting you the justice you’re looking for and an attorney will know exactly how to show the proper evidence to further your case.
Am I being contacted by an insurance agent?
When insurance agents start calling you and asking for your recorded statement and story, your medical history, and other personal information, they’re doing so in order to decrease their own losses. Note that even your own insurance company may do this.
If this happens, you should call a personal injury attorney as soon as you can, prior to talking to the insurance company. An insurance adjuster could drastically harm your case. Note that you should never authorize any releases, they will then have access to your medical history and may try to prove that you have pre-existing issues and do not deserve compensation.
What is the insurance company offering me?
Insurance companies are a business and they are looking out primarily for themselves. Don’t fall for any tricks and don’t accept less than what’s truly owed to you. It may be difficult for you to know how to handle a situation like this, so it’s best to have an attorney on your side.
An insurance company may dispute any claim it wants to, even if the fault is clearly their insured. If fault is disputed by the party at fault’s company, it’s best to have a personal injury lawyer help you navigate the process.
Don’t let anyone take advantage of you after you’ve been victim to an injury that you didn’t cause. If you know the law well and feel that you can take charge and get the settlement you deserve, then you can certainly go for it on your own.
When dealing with insurance companies, at-fault parties, and high emotions, hiring an expert is your safest bet. Especially if evidence, scene recreations, and witnesses may be necessary to ensure the case is handled properly.
CONTACT HULL & ZIMMERMAN:
If you or someone you love has been injured in any type of accident in Denver, Northglenn, or anywhere in Colorado, and you believe someone else’s negligence is to blame, it is important to contact our experienced personal injury attorneys immediately. At Hull Zimmerman, P.C., our committed personal injury lawyers are dedicated to the belief that everyone deserves justice. Contact us at (303) 423-1770 or (866) 385-3505. You can also find us online at www.hullandzimmerman.com. Proudly serving North Denver, Northglenn, Westminster, Thornton, Commerce City, Arvada, and Broomfield.
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